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Scratch Beer 83 - 2012 (¿Impending Descent?) - Tröegs Brewing Company

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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 23
Gots: 29 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Tröegs Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
As we spiral further toward the end of the Mayan calendar, Tröegs is brewing up a special beer to commemorate the expiration of planet Earth. Celebrate the countdown to extinction and raise a goblet of this colossal Russian Imperial Stout as we plummet into oblivion. If your tongue doesn’t disintegrate as a result of the birthday party cheesecake jellybean BOOM, it most certainly will wreak major havoc on your taste buds. ¿Impending Descent? is as enormous, face-melting, and palate-numbing as it sounds. If there ever was a last beer to enjoy before the apocalypse, this is it!

(Beer added by: yourefragile on 12-12-2012)
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Photo of stephens101
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A dark tan head rests calm and thick across this black and brown brew.

Aroma is rich with milk chocolate, caramel, plum and raisin. Got mincemeat? Yes.

Tastes dry and woody up front. Its syrupy with the caramel finding place after a few sips. Some cardamom, dark fruit and licorice find their way. Can be astringent at times.

Heavy for sure, but warming all the way through makes for a nice sipper on a cool spring eve.

stephens101, Mar 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

greenboat, Mar 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

Dave_Treat, Mar 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Knapp85, Mar 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

hikeeba, Mar 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

SawDog505, Mar 22, 2014
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

teckademic, Mar 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

kscaldef, Mar 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Griffith, Feb 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

BourbonJersey, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of sulldaddy
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sampling a 12 oz bottle poured at cellar temperature in a snifter. Thanks to my brother Brian for the gift.
THe beer pours a pitch black color with creamy tan head of 1 cm that fades to a sturdy edge layer and a few islands in just a couple of minutes.
Big boozy aroma with roasted malt, molassess, figs ad other dark fruit. I also get a pretty good dose of pine hops even after opening the bottle and pouring. The hops fade just a little bit as the glass sits and breathes.
First sip reveals a fairly thick body with a little bit of an oily feel to the texture. I get a fine and spacious carbonation, very slight tickle on each swallow but in general the carbonation is mild.
Flavor is big malt with molassess, roasted malt and coffee. Some dark fruit with figs and raisin blended in and some warming booze on each swallow. The beer is a big robust one that goes well with the foot + of snow outside and single digit temperatures.
This is a hearty imperial stout and I wish I had more of them for the future, maybe a re-release in 750s next Christmas?

sulldaddy, Feb 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Visited Tröegs on 30JAN14. After a glass of #131, I opted for a couple of tulips of Impending Descent, at $7.00 per serving.

The small tulip held a dark, dense brown liquid, with a creamy, fluffy layer of mocha colored foam on top. Lacing was superb; this was quite the attractive bier! Aroma had some rich coffee and dark choco, with semisweet malt notes wafting about. A dose of florality was also detected. It had a medium-plus body, and was smooth and silky going down.

Flavor had more roasty coffee and some bitter, dark choco notes. Whereas the floral action was restrained in the nose, it come on strong and hard at the finish of this one with some pithyness and pine! A wonderful bier, all in all! Am glad I got it on this visit (and a growler to go as well), as I returned two days later and it had kicked. Zum Wohl!!

4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


Bierman9, Feb 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

ryan79, Feb 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

thegiantc, Jan 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

BradT, Jan 25, 2014
Scratch Beer 83 - 2012 (¿Impending Descent?) from Tröegs Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.